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NTFL Women’s Premier League Grand Final preview: Districts with fighting chance against Waratah

THE 2019/20 Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League comes to a head with  the grand final between Southern Districts and Waratah to finish off a massive season of action. 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V. WARATAH
Grand Final, March 7
4:30pm
TIO Stadium

In a replica of the 2018/19 season finale, Waratah and Southern Districts will once again go head to head for the ultimate victory on Saturday afternoon.While both sides have had stellar seasons, one cannot go past the skill and scoring ability of the Waratah outfit though they do not necessarily have the winning record against the Crocs this season, going down all three times they took the field. Round 1 and 11 both went the way of the Districts though the initial win was revoked, before Waratah were once again beaten at their own game in the qualifying final only two weeks ago, meaning the Crocs well and truly have the upper hand, finishing the season in second despite having two wins taken off them. But while the Crocs have the consistency to get the job done, Waratah have the finals experience and kept the Districts goalless last year, so will want to replicate that effort – or hold off the Districts long enough to continue their stronghold on the NTFL Women’s Premier League.

When talking about Southern Districts, it is hard to look past the impact of Ebony Miller, the NTFL Women’s leading goalkicker managed 61 majors from 16 matches and is a key cog inside 50 for the Crocs. Tahlia Holtze has also impressed regularly with her ability to create opportunities for her teammates, but will need to ensure the Districts outfit does not rely on Miller to put goals on the board. Miller may be the major goalkicker but she will really need to be backed up by the likes of Grace Mulvahill and Kelsey Patterson to ensure there is more than one target for Waratah’s defensive unit to focus on. For Waratah, expect Lisa Roberts and Rebecca Pryer to continue their impressive efforts, while the side’s shared effort inside 50 will be key in this match thanks to a plethora of goalkickers able to have an impact. Lauren O’Shea is the leading goalkicker with 23 goals from 15 matches, closely followed by Roberts and Jenna Singh on 20 apiece. Roberts will be the one to watch for Waratah with 11 best on ground nominations for the season thanks to her consistency, ability to impact the play and find the footy with ease. 

With both sides able to switch on the pressure and intensity in a moment flat, expect an exciting and hotly contested grand final this time around with both sides sure to put on their best display of the season so far, especially following on from respective close wins last week proving they can prevail in tight contests. While Waratah ultimately had the easier win in the semi taking on Pint, both teams were able to take control of the contest and apply pressure across the ground to ensure their side stayed in possession. Districts’ Maria Moussa has had a solid finals run so will want to continue that form alongside Mulvahil who has booted two goals in each final to take some of the pressure off Miller. Meanwhile, Waratah’s Sue Nalder and O’Shea have performed well recently alongside Singh making for an interesting battle across the field.

NTFL Women’s 2019/20 wrap: Round 12

IN the first game back after the Christmas break there was plenty on the line ,with prime ladder position and reputation all up for grabs. Round 12 of the Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) was filled with close games and a few blowouts with the biggest surprise Waratah’s loss to the sixth placed Nightcliff. Meanwhile, Big River Hawks forfeited their game against Tracy Village and the Wanderers prevailed in a tight encounter.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 4.3 | 4.4 | 6.6 | 8.6 (54)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 0.0 |1.2 | 3.3 | 5.4 (34)

GOALS:
Magpies: F. Puruntatameri 3, A. Moreen 2, K. Whittaker, N. Medbury, J. Brock
Buffettes: L. Warburton-Richards, L. Adam, M. Turner, T. Hart-Aluni, B. Scrymgour

BESTS:
Magpies: N. Medbury, B. Byers, K. White, I. Ronberg, A. Moreen, F. Puruntatameri
Buffettes: M. Turner, L. Adam, D. Carbone, K. Duggan, T. Hart-Aluni

The round kicked off on Friday night with only 20 points separating both sides at the final siren. Unfortunately for the Buffettes the damage was all but done in the first quarter, with the Magpies going on a scoring spree to open up a 27-point lead. The Buffettes failed to register a score in the first quarter thanks to the intense defensive pressure applied by the Magpies, while the Pies continued to hit the scoreboard with every opportunity that came their way. With a handy lead they were hard to catch, forcing the Buffettes to play catch-up – a game style they simply could not maintain. Freda Puruntatameri was electric in front of goals nailing three majors to help establish a nice buffer for her side while Arthurina Moreen also contributed to the scoresheet with two goals of her own in the Magpies victory. Natasha Medbury also found the big sticks along with plenty of ball across the field while teammate Kaeleisha White made no mistake fighting hard to win the footy and dispose of it cleanly. For the Buffettes, youngster Tayla Hart-Aluni kept her hot form running with another strong showing, nailing a goal and proving she is not afraid to get in on the action. Although Dominique Carbone did not find the goals like the previous round she still found plenty of the ball, instead helping to set up plays across the ground while Lucy Adam and Meredith Turner hit the scoreboard instead.

ST MARY’S 2.3 | 3.3 | 5.4 | 5.6 (36)
WANDERERS 2.1 | 6.1 | 6.1 | 6.3 (39)

GOALS:
St Mary’s: N/A
Wanderers: L. Motlop 2, T. Davern 2, P. Koulakis, S. De Satge

BESTS:
St Mary’s: N/A
Wanderers: T. Davern, G. Halkitis, S. De Satge, L. Motlop, M. Johnston, P. Koulakis

It came down to a mere three points with St Mary’s falling just short of their sixth win for the season. St Mary’s will be rueing both their inaccuracy and lacklustre second quarter, allowing the Wanderers to pile on four goals to their one. It was close throughout the match with St Mary’s ultimately forced into chase position early on after a disappointing second term. However, the Saints were not going to die wondering, mounting a strong comeback and eventually going down by just the three points. Both sides fought hard to gain ascendancy and most importantly capitalise on their scoring opportunities but it was the Wanderers’ increased accuracy in front of the big sticks that got them over the line. Lucille Motlop was the danger woman for the Wanderers, booting two goals, while Tishara Davern also added another two majors to the total. Both Pierre-Angelique Koulakis and Shekeine De Satge also made their presence felt with one goal apiece to cap off a tight but successful outing for the Wanderers. Aaliyah Bailey was solid as ever, plying her trade across the field and getting involved in the action to keep her side in the contest while Chinette Suapero continued her consistent form for St Mary’s, but it was not enough to give them the boost they needed to clinch the win.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.2 | 4.6 | 6.10 | 9.12 (66)
PINT 0.1 | 0.2 | 0.4 | 1.4 (10)

GOALS:
Southern District: E. Miller 4, K. Waterbury, G. Stiles, H. Engelhardt, G. Mulvahil, A. Lewis
Pint: N/A

BESTS:
Southern District: G. Mulvahil, K. Waterbury, L. Jeffrey, A. Lewis, M. Breed
Pint: N/A

It was another dominant performance from Southern Districts to limit Pint to only 10 points, proving that the Christmas break did no harm to their game play and intensity. The Crocs were on from the first whistle of the game, coming out with a point to prove and scoring prowess to boot but suffered from inaccuracy registering 12 behinds. Although they ran out with a 56 point victory they really could have romped it home if it was not for the missed chances in front of goal, something they will want to tidy up with finals fast approaching. Pint scored their only goal in the final term of the game thanks to the hard work and strong defensive structure of Southern Districts. Goal scoring machine Ebony Miller added to her growing tally booting another four majors in the clash with five other teammates hitting the scoreboard. Grace Mulvahill was clean across the ground using her spatial awareness to have an impact while also showing her goal sense to bag a goal herself. Mattea Breed was a key contributor once again in the win, using her ball smarts and vision to have an impact while Keeley Waterbury left her mark both on the scoresheet and on stats sheet. Emma Greaves and Cara Evans worked tirelessly to try and create some type of forward thrust for Pint but it was often to no avail.

NIGHTCLIFF 1.2 | 2.4 | 3.6 | 4.6 (30)
WARATAH 0.0 | 1.1 | 1.2 | 2.3 (15)

GOALS:
Nightcliff: M. Ward 2, E. Morrison, J. Steppacher
Waratah: T. Cunningham 2

BESTS:
Nightcliff: E. Wolsey, E. Morrison, S. Hatzismalis
Waratah: M. Cooper, L. Roberts, P. Cox, A. Healy, I. Rapson-Staropoli

Nightcliff pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the round, downing the first placed Waratah in convincing fashion. This is only the second loss of the season for Waratah who struggled to find their normal momentum and scoring prowess, making for an enthralling battle between the two sides. Nightcliff took an early lead and did not look back, steadily building on their lead and proving that their best can match it with anyone in the competition. They all but doubled their opponents’ score by the final siren, showcasing their ability to close out games and score at a steady pace albeit with slight inaccuracy. The margin really started to open up in the third quarter before Waratah fought back but ultimately could not do enough to reduce the margin significantly. In her first game of the season Timaya Cunningham was a shining light for the ‘Tahs, nailing her side’s only two goals and showcasing her talent. Isabella Rapson-Staropoli continued her hot form, named in the bests for the third consecutive week and highlighting her ball winning ability and skill. For Nightcliff, Mikayla Ward was up to her usual tricks in front of goal nailing two majors and causing headaches for her defensive opposition. Eliza Morrison made an impact on the scoreboard with a goal while also doing her fair share of damage across the ground alongside Emma-Lou Wolsey and Sophie Hatzismalis.

NTFL Women’s League wrap: Round 10 – Waratah continues fine form

ROUND 10 saw a number of predictable performances as well as some interesting reverse results from the last time each side met their opposition. Waratah continue their strong streak while Darwin Buffettes put their first win on the board since Round 6 and both Tracy Village and Big River Hawks went down without a score on the board.

NIGHTCLIFF 0.2 | 0.2 | 0.3 | 1.5 (11)
ST MARY’S 0.3 | 2.3 | 4.4 | 4.4 (28)

GOALS

Nightcliff: J. Steppacher
St Mary’s: N/A

BEST

Nightcliff: H. Turnbull, L. de Hommel, E. Wolsey
St Mary’s: N/A

Nightcliff had a real shocker in front of goal this week, heading down the ladder into sixth thanks to this loss coupled with Pint’s solid victory. Despite a slow and even first quarter for both sides the Tigers shot themselves in the foot with only one goal to their name alongside five behinds, meaning the side is surely frustrated with that performance against ultimately a side far below them on the ladder. Full credit to St Mary’s however, with this victory coming at the perfect time for some confidence to come back into the side as we reach the midpoint of the season. For Nightcliff, Hannah Turnbull, Laura de Hommel and Emma-Lou Wolsey were consistent as ever, making an impact despite the side remaining goalless until the final term. St Mary’s were strong defensively so will be happy with that performance especially given they have knocked Tigers down a few pegs on the ladder.

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)
PINT 1.1 | 2.2 | 4.5 | 7.7 (49)

GOALS

Tracy Village: N/A.
Pint: E. Greaves 2, J. Baksh 2, L. Bahen-Wright, L. Clegg, E. Lavis.

BEST

Tracy Village: N/A
Pint: N/A

Tracy Village will be frustrated by this result after some promising efforts in recent weeks, failing to put a point on the board against Pint who have slipped into fifth after sitting in seventh last round. It was Pint’s consistency that got them over the line in this battle, having plenty of attempts and creating opportunities downfield to deny Tracy Village any chance of getting into the match. Pint’s defence was impressive, denying the Razorbacks at any turn, while their midfielders were equally as impressive propelling the footy down the field to penetrate inside 50 and find the likes of Emma Greaves and Jasmin Baksh (two goals apiece) in front of goal. While Tracy Village did their best around the field they were ultimately beaten in majority of the contest, unable to find consistency to propel the footy forward.

BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 3.5 | 8.8 | 13.13 | 18.17 (125)

GOALS

Big River Hawks: N/A.
Darwin Buffettes: C. Boyd 4, D. Cubillo 2, B. Scrymgour 2, D. Ah Wang 2, B. Stokes 2, T. Hart-Aluni 2, K. Duggan, D. Trindle-Price, T. Dhu.

BEST

Big River Hawks: N/A
Darwin Buffettes: C. Boyd, M. Turner, T. Hart-Aluni, J. Iacono, K. Duggan

Darwin Buffettes got back some confidence again this week after a few slow weeks on the field, putting their first win on the board since an undefeated start to the season saw the side struggle from Round 6 onwards. A massive 125-point victory has hopefully seen the Buffettes get back in the game and ultimately the competition, heading back into second place with this win. Unfortunately for Big River Hawks, this was a fairly predictable result that sees the side continue a 10-round losing streak, unable to have much impact on the field. A 10 goal second half ultimately saw Buffettes run away with it, with six multiple goalkickers providing plenty of versatility in the forward line. Calista Boyd booted four to topscore for the round while Tayla Hart-Aluni, Delsey Ah-Wang, Bianca Stokes, Demi Cubillo and Bianca Scrymgour all kicked two apiece.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.0 | 6.4 | 6.5 | 6.7 (43)
WANDERERS 0.0 | 1.2 | 2.2 | 3.2 (20)

GOALS

Southern Districts: E. Miller 2, I. Kinna, H. Engelhardt, G. Mulvahil, M. Derschow.
Wanderers: D. Peckham, M. Johnston, S. De Satge.

BEST

Southern Districts:  B. Hayne, G. Mulvahil, B. Clarke, M. Nankervis
Wanderers: G. Halkitis, G. Billias, T. Davern, C. Vea Vea, M. Johnston, M. Billias

Southern Districts will be happy with a victory against Wanderers this week despite the battle being closer than expected, managing a 23-point victory despite failing to boot a goal after half-time. While Wanderers will be frustrated to have let this one go after ultimately dominating defensively in the second half, the vistiros just did not have the firepower forward to apply similar pressure inside forward 50. Georgia Halkitis was impressive as ever for the Wanderers alongside Georgia Billias and Tishara Davern, using the  footy well to create opportunities down the field though the defensive pressure of the Crocs saw many of their opportunities go wasted. For the Districts, Ebony Miller once again provided the firepower in attack despite being kept relatively quiet in the second half while Brooke Hayne impressed in only her second match of the season and Grace Mulvahill kicked one goal on her way to a best on ground appearance.

WARATAH 0.3 | 1.5 | 5.5 | 5.7 (37)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 0.1 | 2.3 | 3.4 | 4.5 (29)

GOALS

Waratah: L. O’Shea 2, J. Singh, B. Martin, L. Roberts.
Palmerston Magpies: M. Cooper, R. Pryer, R. Dearman, A. Chittick.

BEST

Waratah: I. Ronberg 2, A. Moreen, N. Medbury
Palmerston Magpies: Y. Roe, A. Moreen, B. Byers, J. Baird, I. Ronberg, E. Misob

The equal closest match of the round saw Waratah only just sneak away with victory against a gallant Palmerston Magpies side, with the Magpies leading at half-time before losing their lead with Waratah booting four goals to one in the third quarter to take control of the match. While Magpies denied Waratah any opportunities in front of goal in the final quarter it was not enough to come back from the two-goal buffer, with Waratah ultimately retaining top spot on the ladder. For Waratah, Molly Cooper and Rebecca Pryer were instrumental getting this win on the board while Lauren O’Shea kicked two goals, while Magpies’ Iesha Ronberg (two goals), Yasmen Roe and Arthurina Moreen impressed for the losing side.